Asha Zero
Born in 1975 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa
The essences of youth, play, dares and derring-do (courageous acts) are central to Asha Zero’s artworks. Working under a nom de plume for over a decade, he is recognised for deconstructing traditional notions of identity and representation. Effectively merging the opposing ideological foundations of Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism, Zero approaches his hyperrealistic painting on the same conceptual grounds as collage. He exposes the contradictions that are inherent to mainstream South African culture, in turn reflecting a world where perpetual flux, disruption and fragmentation is axiomatic. For Asha, these images mark a world wherein meaning has been superseded by technology. Zero studied fine arts at the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria, South Africa. Since 2008, he has presented six significant solo exhibitions in South Africa and participated in multiple group exhibitions both locally and internationally that more recently include forget about the goohexx: send in the du_plicann at 34FineArt in Cape Town, in 2013 and Saints & Sinners at StolenSpace Gallery in London, UK in 2014.
'Untitled', 2015. Acrylic on Board. 100 x 120 cm / 39.37 x 47.24 in. Courtesy of SMAC Gallery